Birdseed Ornaments

These are great for gifting, even to yourself. Hang them out a window and enjoy the birds that will thank you for a little Christmas treat. I first got the idea from Better Homes & Garden’s recent holiday magazine. However, I made many changes including adding the cayenne to deter squirrels and deer from eating them.

I oiled the inside of each ornament which made them easier to slide out when firm—which takes about 24 hours in a cool zone such as a garage. Trying to poke a hole through each one for hanging purposes, only caused them to crack. Instead, I used a glue gun to adhere raffia to the backs.

Individually wrap in small cellophane bags , if desired.

Birdseed Ornaments

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


  • 3 cups birdseed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cayenne, + more for sprinkling on top


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Place wax paper on a large rimmed baking sheet, and arrange oiled ornaments on wax paper.
  3. Spoon mixture into ornaments, pressing down with a rubber spatula to even out.
  4. Let dry for 24 hours, preferably in a cool spot like a garage.
  5. When firm, press out the ornaments. Glue-gun looped raffia or twine to the backs for hanging.

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